A sophisticated aristocrat

Internationally recognized with a huge influence on art. Alexandros Iolas, the man who discovered Andy Warhol and promoted through his galleries and acquaintances new foreign and Greek artists – making them first names such as Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Niki De Saint Phalle and Les Lalannes. Also Hadjikyriakos Gikas, Moralis, Tsarouchis, Alexis Akrithakis, Takis and others. It was Iolas who in 1985 commissioned Warhol to create Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” based on his own style. He was associated with prominent figures such as Cavafy and was eventually infamously vilified by his own country when the New York Times nicknamed him “the Alexander the Great of Art”. His story through the years, told many times over by countless lips of people who adored him and others who were maliciously jealous of him. Nowadays – and thanks to his niece Eleni Koutsoudis-Iola, who was entirely in charge of the initiative – Alexandros Iolas has an official website, where the course of his life is described and photos from his personal archive are exhibited.

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